Dooley Worth

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Worth, Dooley

Nov. 5, 1939 - Jun. 9, 2014

Dooley Worth completed her life journey on June 9, 2014 in Sarasota, Fla. She was born in Menominee, Mich. on November 5, 1939 to Jean Worth and Margaret (St. Peter) Worth. Named after a family of Irish acrobats her education began in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan where her newspaper editor father guided her through Longfellow and Homer before sending on her travels which included Vienna, Austria, Paris France and Morocco. Her travels, in the US and abroad, inspired her to write about everything from eighteenth-century jewelry to garden hydraulics. Throughout her life she pursued her myriad interests at multiple schools including: University of Vienna (Austria), European Studies/Art History; University of Michigan, B.A. Philosophy; Art Institute of Chicago, Sculpture; Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, Architecture; The New School for Social Research, NYC, M.A. Medical Anthropology; and Ph.D., Anthropology; and New York University, Fine Arts Appraisal Certification Program (Jewelry & American Silver). In addition to her formal education she studied Chinese and Northern Italian cooking, and all aspects of gardening creating beautiful spaces in New York, Florida and Georgia. She is survived by her sisters Jean Worth Clair of Longboat Key, Fla., and Ann Worth of Marshall, Mich.; and by her nieces and grand nieces and nephews: Kathy Clair (Chris) Hayes of Boston and their children Declan and Mairead; Margaret Clair (Mike) Noxon and their children Max and Jack of Atlanta, Ga.; Pamela Clair of Sarasota, Fla., Aurora Concannon of Phoenix, Ariz, Jean Concannon (Hans Rogers) her son Aidan Chapman, and their children Franklin and Kemper of Albion. Dooley was preceded in death by her father Jean Worth and mother Margaret (St. Peter) Worth. Dooley's life was an inspiration to many and she will always be cherished by her friends and family. Memorial contributions may be made to Defenders of Wildlife (Save the Wolves) 1130 17th St NW, Washington DC 20036 or on line at

Published in Herald Tribune from June 11 to June 12, 2014
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